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Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale

Podcasting between Weather and the Void

  • Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  • Offers the first scholarly volume on Welcome to Night Vale, and one of the few scholarly volumes to address podcasts in any form

  • Presents interdisciplinary perspectives, with contributions from scholars working within the disciplines of English, Sociology, Library and Information Sciences, Rhetoric, Gender Studies, and Film, Television, and Media Studies

  • Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, one of the world's leading authorities on the American Gothic across media and literary forms


About this book


With well over one-hundred episodes, the podcast Welcome to Night Vale has spawned several international live tours, two novels set in the Night Vale universe, and an extensive volume of fan fiction and commentary. However, despite its immense popularity, Welcome to Night Vale has received almost no academic scrutiny. This edited collection of scholarly essays—the very first of its kind on a podcast—attempts to redress this lack of attention to Night Vale by bringing together an international group of scholars from different disciplines to consider the program’s form, themes, politics, and fanbase. After a thorough introduction by the volume’s editor, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, the eight contributors not only offer close analysis of Night Vale, but use the program as the impetus for broader explorations of new media, gender, the constitution of identity, the construction of place, and the human relationship to meaning and the non-human.


Welcome to Night Vale Podcasting Studies Community Radio American Gothic Podcast Franchising Megan Wallaby Josh Crayton Joseph Fink Jeffrey Cranor Cecil Gershwin Palmer Dana Cardinal The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
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  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureCentral Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, MIUSA

About the editors

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University, USA, and an associate editor for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.  He is the author or editor of twenty books, the most recent of which are The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic, The Age of Lovecraft (with Carl Sederholm), Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (with Isabella van Elferen), and Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory, and Genre on Television (with Catherine Spooner). Visit him at

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